Sutherland and Woodring win Joe Martin prologue

No major surprises after the Joe Martin prologue – a short, uphill time trial. Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis) continued showing his great form, winning another time trial, similar to the Redlands TT. He raced through the 2.5-mile course in 8:14, climber Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home) was 10 seconds slower, and Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly)…

Donation Fund for Fausto Munoz Esparza

The Tour of the Gila has set up a Donation Fund for Fausto Munoz Esparza who was seriously injured on the last stage of the 2008 race. Esparza 33, a former Mexican Nation Champion and father of three children, is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit of El Paso’s Thomason Hospital…

Joe Martin Stage Race

Next on the NRC schedule is the Joe Martin Stage Race in Northwest Arkansas. In previous years, Joe Martin was followed by the Tri-Peaks Challenge to provide two NRC stage races in two weeks of racing in Arkansas, but this year Tri-Peaks was replaced by a new race, the Tour of Arkansas, a non-NRC event.…

Kickass

Number of criteriums: 8Number of crits held on the same day: 2Number of days: 9Number of cities: 8 cities in 3 StatesTime spent racing: 429 minutes Distance spent racing: 192 miles (estimated)Distance driven race to race: 888 miles Who: the women professional cyclists who raced in the USA Crits Speed Week series, and two 2…

Weekend Recap and NRC standings

It was quite the busy weekend in the professional domestic cycling world this past weekend, as the Tour of Gila concluded on Sunday in New Mexico, and the USA Crits Speed Week finished in the Southeast. To top it off, two NRC races, the Sunny King Criterium and the Nalley Historic Roswell Criterium, and the…

Gila – Goldstein and Ladino prevail

The Tour of the Gila concluded this weekend with its two final stages, the crit on Saturday and the monster, well, Gila Monster stage on Sunday. As expected, the crit didn’t bring any changes to the overall classification. ValueAct’s Leah Goldstein defended her pink leader’s jersey which she grabbed after the first stage. On the…

Leah Goldstein – one tough broad

Leah Goldstein in Redlands ValueAct‘s Leah Goldstein is no stranger to the art of defending the leader’s jersey. After grabbing the leader’s jersey in the TT, stage 4 in last year’s Mt Hood Cycling Classic, she almost singlehandedly – with only one teammate – survived the onslaught thrown at her from the Aaron’s team to…

Tour of the Gila Preview

One of the tougher stage races in North America, the Ben D. Altamirano Memorial Tour of the Gila kicks off tomorrow, with five days of racing, leg busting climbing, arrowing descents and often brutal winds around Silver City, in New Mexico. For its 22nd edition, no major changes to the race except that the order…

Next up, the NRC stage races

The NRC calendar heats up and teams have to decide which races to target. After taking a break from the early California races, the NRC swings into its back to back (to back) stage races, for both men and women – the Ben D. Altamirano Memorial Tour of the Gila, in New Mexico on April…